The ARM Meter Change Outs
The ARM Meter change outs are well underway. As the new meters are being installed, a backflow prevention valve is also being installed at each customer's service line. The purpose of the Backflow device is to prevent water, due to the relief of thermal expansion from the heating of water, from being released back into the public water system. This device must be installed as required by the Georgia safe Drinking Water Act of 1977, O.C.G.A. Ch. 12-5, Art. 3, Part 5, and the Georgia Rules for Safe Drinking Water (Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. Ch. 391-3-5) which provides that "no person shall construct, maintain or operate a physical arrangement whereby a public water system is or may be connected directly or indirectly with a non-potable water system or non-permitted water system which contains or may contain contaminated water which may be capable of imparting contamination to the public water system as the results of backflow or of cross-connections". A relief valve or expansion tank should be on your hot water heater to release any bulidup of pressure. If a relief valve or expansion tank is not installed, or isn't working properly, this sometimes can create issues with damage to the plumbing system within the house or facility. The actual likeihood of this issue is rare but it is a possibility.
The reason you need an expansion tank is because of Thermal Expansion. When water in a tank water heater is heated, the molecules speed up, and as they do they require more space. This is called Thermal Expansion. A 40-gallon water heater can create an extra gallon of volume when it is fully heated.
So you might be wondering, where does this extra water go? It used to be that the water would expand and push backwards into the cuty lines, however our contractors have installed check valves at the meters, which is a valve that only allows water to pass through in the direction it is supposed to flow. With the check valve the water in your system is locked in, and with nowhere to go, it will increase the pressure of the entire system. High pressures can cause your temperture/pressure relief valve to open up and leak, or it can cause other parts of your plumbing system to leak.
The City of Cochran would like to congratulate the Fire & the Emergency Services Department on receiving their New Lower ratings and Class 5 Public Protection Classification (PPC) from the Insurance Services Office (ISO).
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Severe Drought Conditions:
Due to the severe drought conditions, the State of Georgia is currently under a " No Burning" ban. No burning in Bleckley County or the City of Cochran is allowed at this time. No Burn permits will be issued.
The State of Georgia Drought Map, please click here.
Georgia Elevates Drought, please click here.
Drought Management Fact sheet, please click here.
The State of Georgia is also currently under a "No Fireworks" ban. Do not discharge fireworks of any kind in Bleckley County or in the City of Cochran.
Fireworks Ban, please click here.
Outdoor Watering Restrictions
For information on outdoor watering restrictions, please click here.
New AMR Meters
The City of Cochran is converting to AMR (Automatic Meter Read) electric meters. This project will serve water and sewer customers with long-term meter readings.
All City water/ sewer customers will get new meters, including commercial and residental, in-city and out-of-city customers. The City is following the lead of many cities and counties that have already converted to automated meters.
AMR meters are electronically read. Meters are " Positive Displacement" which by industry standard are the most accurate type of meter. Positive displacement meters are also best at holding their accuracy over the life of the meter.
All meters will be equipped with backflow preventers. This is a requirement of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for Municipal water systems.
Each night, in our community, there are children who go to bed cold because their families can’t afford to heat their homes. To help with this problem, a program called HEAT (Heating Energy Assistance Team) was launched in 1983. HEAT operates statewide and is available to qualifying households regardless of the type of energy used to heat the home. By donating now to HEAT, you can help families stay warm this winter.
The money you contribute will provide direct assistance to those who need it. All the money donated to HEAT is distributed by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Over the past 33 years, more than $23 million has been distributed to more than 97,000 families. To help, please make a donation online at www.heatga.org or complete and mail the attached form along with your tax-deductible donation in an envelope addressed to:
P.O. Box 451008
Atlanta, GA 31145
The need is overwhelming; therefore, if you are able to make additional contributions in the coming months, please do so.
Please call HEAT at 678-406-0212 if you have questions. On behalf of others who will stay warm this winter because of your gift, thank you.
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Sewer Line Repairs
The City has contracted with American Infrastructure Technologies Corporation (AITC) to repair sewer lines and manholes. Residents may see AITC equipment or vehicles in their neighborhood working on sewer improvements. If your residence has a sewer back-up resulting from AITC's work, or if you have a question about this project, please call City Hall at 478-934-6346.
Bulk waste pick-up will be on the second Saturday of each month with the first pick-up on Saturday, January 14, 2017.
No more than three household items, such as furniture, will be picked up. Bulk waste is limited to 75 pounds per household.
Residents should not place their bulk waste at the curb until the morning of the second Saturday of each month, to prevent the bulk waste from becoming a nuisance.
Questions regarding new trash carts, limb pick-up, or bulk waste pick-up should be directed to City Hall at (478) 934-6346.
If you have questions or concerns with your utility bill, you can call or visit City Hall at 112 West Dykes Street or 478-934-6346. Please contact the following personnel at City Hall to discuss your bill or to set up an appointment:
Front Desk Customer Service Clerks: 478-934-6346
Tracey Hudson, Utility Billing Clerk: 478-934-6346
Jill Cooper, City Clerk: 478-934-6346
Richard Newbern, City Manager: 478-934-6346
The City of Cochran welcomes inquiries or concerns from utility customers.